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One in six college students misuse ADHD stimulant drugs

Researchers at the University of Carolina have published data that shows one in six college students misuse ADHD/ADD medications by using them un-prescribed or with off-prescription use.

In the United States, ADD/ADHD medications Ritalin and Adderall are Schedule II controlled substances, the same schedule as Cocaine and Methamphetamines. This un-prescribed use is opening up the students to considerable legal risks.

Similarly in Australia, Ritalin and Dexedrine are found under Schedule 8 alongside Cocaine and Amphetamines as controlled drugs in the Poisons Standard 2015.

While the intention of misuse has been to improve academic performance, the published results suggest the opposite is true, with a correlation of poor academic performance with stimulant misuse.

See the full article published by Eurekalert HERE…

ADHD today – Prevalence and current treatments

Welcome to “Natural alternatives to ADD/ADHD treatments”

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the single most common neuropsychiatric disorder in children, and continues with many into adulthood. The disorder is often characterised by people who are unorganised, easily distracted, poor listeners, restless, irratable and often late.


To improve focus and mental capacity, it is usually treated by prescribing strong controlled stimulants such as Ritalin (Methylphenidate) or Adderall and Dexedrine (Amphetamines).

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These are currently the most effective solutions prescribed by doctors, however their effectiveness comes with many unwanted side effects. These include:

  • loss of appetite
  • headaches
  • irritability and mood changes
  • addiction and drug abuse

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) says 5 percent of children are diagnosed with ADHD, however the Centers for Disease and Control has published data that 11 percent of American children have the disorder.

Figures in Australia are simillar, with childhood prevalence of ADHD of 6.8% (Everyday with ADHD)

There is much speculation and controversy in the media regarding an alleged over-diagnosis of ADHD and prescriptions, however Dr C. Edward Pitt expels many of the myths and media hype in this excellent summation of the situation: The Truth About ADHD 

As a self diagnosed ADHD sufferer at the age of 30 from Sydney Australia, I am passionate about this subject and will be continually updating you with information on changes to ADHD treatment across the globe, as well as offering alternative solutions that may allow you avoid the use of the legally controlled substances with high abuse potential.

If you have any feedback on treatment methods that have worked for you, please post in the comments section so we can all benefit.

Best of luck to you all.

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